Encinitas Environment Day Enables Stronger Environmental Policies

I rode my bike to EEDay and met a soon-to-be MBA graduate from UCSD who had been my teaching assistant. He and a colleague are starting an environmental nonprofit and we were talking about their plans. I was so proud to show them all the environmental groups, businesses, and causes that were represented at EEDay. It was a great event continuing a great tradition. Now we need to turn all the good energy and commitment into stronger policies and practices to address the really serious impacts of climate change. Lisa Shaffer, Encinitas City Council

Madd Hatter – Fun Hats Bring Smiles

Madd Hatters: Kids and parents create. The booth was filled with children with parents with 420 fun and zany Madd Hatter, paper hats being created. While parents delighted in their children’s energy, some even joined in to make a hat of their own. The sky was the limit and filled with imagination as hats were filled with bold paper flowers, piped butterfly’s, and rainbows of colors while versions of buzzing bumble bees, waiters, fairies and more graced the heads of the young and younger. A sea of color filled the event as families bounded off to enjoy the day and investigate the booths. Imagination is the key to creativity and it was a fun day for all.

Parents comments: “What a zany fun way to participate with our children and watch them create.”
“My child is such a great artist and this is a wonderful way to let them express themselves.”
“What fun it is to see my children with a huge smile on their face as they work away on their hats.”

The Stardust Arts – Youth Art program, developing creativity and imagination in art. A non-profit serving the underserved youth in local communities. Visual and 3-D art instruction, along with exhibits, youth art event coordination, and special projects for the community. Recognized by the CA State Assembly and San Diego Board of Supervisors for its contributions to youth art within the County of San Diego.

Pedego Eco-Friendly Electric Bikes, Fashionable

Pedego electric bikes combine the comfort & leisure of the automatic vehicle and the freedom & excitement of a classical bicycle. They are growing rapidly in popularity, electric bikes and are becoming a great way to demonstrate your concern for the environment. Our bikes can go 10-30 miles on the battery's shoulders alone. By adding the smallest amount of pedal power, your ride becomes that much longer. Recharging an electric bicycle is like recharging your laptop – it takes a couple of hours and costs you pennies and the environment less. That's not something you can say about your sport utility vehicle

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is a nonprofit organization serving San Diego County and beyond. We empower students and adults through education and action to become environmental stewards in their communities. Our programs cover environmental education, pollution prevention, sustainable living, and water protection.

Stellar Solar

Since 1998, Stellar Solar has installed over 80,000 residential solar and commercial solar panels on over 900 San Diego homes and businesses. Experience and longevity are key factors to consider when selecting a San Diego solar power company and Stellar Solar has both. Stellar Solar runs a financially solid business that has withstood the test of time and is in a very solid position to be around for the long haul. Our new SunPower solar lease has enabled more homeowners than ever to afford solar power with zero money down. For San Diego solar panels look no further—Stellar Solar has the most 5 Star Reviews on Yelp and was Voted Best Solar Panel Company by the readers of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Stellar Solar has earned the trust and respect of San Diego home and business owners.

Encinitas Union School District – Green Projects

Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) is committed to supporting student health and wellness and offering an educational component to all green efforts.  Below are a few sample projects.  Click here for complete details

SCRAP Cart – Lunch Time Recycling
SCRAP (Separate, Compost, Reduce And Protect) – a standardized lunch time recycling system that was custom designed and built to teach EUSD students how to be responsible for their lunch time waste. This district-wide waste diversion system has reduced lunchtime landfill waste by over 80%.  Not only has waste output been reduced but we eliminated the need for some dumpsters as well as reducing the amount of pick-ups needed for waste hauling from each campus.

School Gardens – Hands on Learning Centers
We have thriving school gardens at every campus, allowing for garden-based education and opportunities to teach environmentally friendly practices. This is where our lunch scraps are turned into compost and our students grow fresh produce that is harvested for the salad bars at their schools. Robust composting programs and the Ocean Knoll Educational Farm

Green and Sustainable programs developed by Healthy Day Partners.

Olivenhain Municipal Water District

OMWD is a public agency providing water, wastewater services, recycled water, hydroelectricity, and the operation of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve – Olivenhain Municipal Water District is devoted to the safe operation of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and to providing all visitors with a unique recreational, educational, and environmental experience. Hydroelecticity – Energy recovery turbines were recently installed at the David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant. Once activated, the flow of water entering the plant will rotate the turbines to generate approximately .75 megawatts, offsetting 40% of the plant’s energy demands.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Discover beauty and wonder in one of San Diego's largest coastal wetlands. This extraordinary county and state regional park protects nearly 1,000 acres of habitat that hosts more than 700 species of plants and animals. The reserve is located in north San Diego, between Solana Beach and Encinitas, extending inland to Rancho Santa Fe. San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and enhancing San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and its watershed.

Dudek Sponsors Encinitas Environment Day

A big thank you shout out to DUDEK for Sponsoring EEDay!!!
About DUDEK – Our environmental consultants help clients plan, permit, design, construct and manage natural resources and infrastructure projects throughout California. We provide practical, problem-solving approaches that get projects through California’s complex environmental and regulatory processes.

Encinitas Water Challenge

Mayor's Water Challenge! – Encinitas in 2nd Place – Enter to help the city win and you could win a Prius. The City Council approved participation in the 2013 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and SDWD is making it happen.
1. Residents go to www.mywaterpledge.com from April 1-30, 2013, enter their city name and pledge to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution.
2. The cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population group wins.
3. Residents from winning cities who make pledges will be entered to win thousands of dollars in prizes, including a Toyota Prius C, water-saving fixtures and gift cards to Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores – Details – http://www.encinitasca.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=2537

How about a Green MBA

How about a Green MBA – Accelerated Online MBA in Sustainable Business. Students learn the environmental factors, government regulations, and laws that influence building plans and construction efforts. The curriculum provides graduates with global perspectives on the impact of green development and sustainable initiatives. http://goo.gl/92jM6

San Diego Zoo – 10 Reasons for Hope

San Diego Zoo – 10 Reasons for Hope – Can you imagine using the latest advances in science and technology to help conserve endangered plants and animals around the world? At San Diego Zoo Global, we can and we do! More than 180 dedicated scientists with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research™ carry out research projects to help conserve plants, animals, and habitats in 35 countries around the world. http://www.sandiegozoo.org/tenreasons/

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter – The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.  Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide.  For an overview of the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter’s current campaigns, programs and initiatives go to www.surfridersd.org or contact us at info@surfridersd.org or (858) 622-9661.

Encinitas Environment Day

EEDay2013_logo_200x200A Family and Community Oriented Event  –  7th Year
 New Expanded Program –  ‘What’s Green About Encinitas’

EEDay2013 – A fun and educational experience for all. Network with the community and learn the latest strategies for healthy life styles, conservation and sustainability. Discover the financial benefits of going Green and connect with local educational, governmental and civic resources. Celebrating seven years of community progress.